• Confessions of a Mask (Cased Classics)

November 2020, available to pre-order

Peter Owen Cased Classics

Yukio Mishima's classic work, Confessions of a Mask, in a new edition of the Cased Classics series, which now features trompe-l'œil die-cut dust jackets, over contemporary art.


Confessions of a Mask tells the story of a Japanese boy's development towards a homosexual identity during and after the Second World War. In narrating his progress from an isolated childhood through adolescence to manhood, he exposes his inner life, full of repressed homosexual desires and preoccupations with sadomasochism and death. The enduring power of the novel is in part owing to its themes of fantasy, despair and alienation, its eloquent voice, but also its autobiographical nature - the equally enduring fascination with the life and character of one of Japan's most turbulent artists.

As part of the new Peter Owen Cased Classics series, this special hardback edition carries an elegant dust jacket with a false die-cutting of a mask, while printed on the cover board is the work of British contemporary artist Fraser Taylor.


Translated from the Japanese by Meredith Weatherby

‘A terrific and astringent beauty . . . a work of art.’ – Times Literary Supplement


'Mishima is lucid in the midst of emotional confusion, funny in the midst of despair. His book has made me understand how it feels to be Japanese.' – Christopher Isherwood


'Never has a "confession" been freer from self-pity or over-indulgence.' – Sunday Times

YUKIO MISHIMA (1925-1970) was a significant cultural figure in postwar Japan. A prolific novelist, poet and dramatist, his work helped establish Japanese literature in the West, particularly The Sea of Fertility tetralogy, and novels such as The Sailor Who Fell From Grace, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion and Confessions of a Mask. During his lifetime, Mishima courted controversy for his political views. In 1970, following a failed coup d'etat, Mishima publicly committed seppuku, ritual suicide by disembowelment.

Bibliographic Data
Date Published November 2020
ISBN Number New edition: 9780720620122 Previous: 9780720620078
Pages 274

Confessions of a Mask (Cased Classics)

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